Dear KMS Family,
Welcome back to the fourth term. I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday.
At the end of last term, the Grade 9s embarked on an exciting tour. They travelled to the Cradock area where they spent 4 activity-packed days. On the way to Craddock they stopped at Nieu-Bethesda; they spent 2 days white water rafting, obstacle courses, team building activities and a night hike. On their return home they stopped at Addo Elephant Park.
- On Thursday, 19th October our Grade Rs, Grade 3s, Grade 6s and Grade 9s will be visiting their new 2018 environments for the morning. The Preschool and Junior School directresses will take the children and collect the children from the respective classes.
GRADE 9 CHILDREN PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR SUBJECT CHOICE FORMS BY MONDAY 23RD OCTOBER. (If you have misplaced your form, kindly get a new one from Kerrey.)
- Uniform 15-18 Phase 2018
Please note that the boys’ chinos, school shirts and a new knee-length skirt will be available from the school office.
In order to place the orders all Grade 9 (2017) children need to place orders with Patricia, and any Grade 10 and 11 new orders by the end of October. The children may come to the office to try samples in order to get the correct size.
Grade 9 (2017) boys and girls shoes will be Black. Please speak to Patricia regarding the style.
PIC ‘N PAY
Please visit the Outdoor Occupation Area on Mondays to Thursdays from 8am – 9am. Come and pick your own organic veggies! The Middle School children are currently selling spinach, radish, lettuce, beans, and lots of fresh herbs! Bring your own bag or box.
We have an exciting term ahead, with Matric Exams, Junior School and Preschool plays, Interhouse Galas, Market Days, Civvies week and so much more!
Please take note of the calendar dates and details on the website.
Enjoy the term.
Dear KMS Family
We have had an even busier third term than usual with an overflow of events from the end of last term’s disruption by the calamitous fire. We are however back on track and delighted that our Knysna community has worked so hard together to restore our beautiful town and surrounding areas.
Our third term events have been as follows:-
Sport: Congratulations to Beyleveld for winning both the Senior Interhouse Hockey and Soccer matches. We also congratulate Gryffenberg on winning Interhouse Netball.
Market Day 9 – 12: The 9 – 12 parents and students provided a stunning array of mouthwatering sweet and savoury snacks which sold out very quickly from the specially decorated tables in the quad. Under the watchful eyes of Bianca, Joy and Lusanda, the children furthered their Business & Economic skills, organizing and advertising the event, which was very well supported. Funds raised will go towards classroom equipment and the 9 – 12 outing.
Dads hard at work!
Science Fair 9 – 12: Divided into small groups, the 9 – 12 students chose experiments to demonstrate the phases of matter in Science, or the movements of tectonic plates in Physical Geography. The experiments took place outside and everyone enjoyed an interesting and instructive morning.
From left to right:
Raelyn, Hadassah, Shemene and Jodi
Knysna Mall Display: Grateful thanks to our Staff and Pupils who put time and effort into an excellent presentation of our school at the Knysna Mall on Saturday 26th August. Special thanks to Fiona Metelerkamp for arranging a display of all phases and what we offer, in a selection of beautifully headed photographs. Also to the Preschool Staff whose demonstrations of Montessori Equipment attracted a lot of attention. It was a happy and very successful day.
Spring Teas, Junior and Preschool: The Preschool Spring Tea took place on 31st August. The little ones, in a wonderful array of spring hats, touched the hearts of parents, grandparents and friends in a packed amphitheatre, with their rendition of “A Knysna Country Garden.” The adults also produced some amazing hat creations; prizes were awarded and a sumptuous tea enjoyed by all.
The following day the Junior School in their own creative headgear sang tributes to Maria Montessori and served refreshments from beautifully decorated tables. Thanks to those who contributed spring snacks and dreamed up the lovely hats!
Open Day 7thSeptember: We were proud to show several interested parents around our school on Open Day. The grounds, office, classrooms, library, kitchen, hostel and Occupation Centre all looked exceptionally attractive and even the weather played along. KMS shone!
The Friday Market out of Hibernation: The Friday Market re-opened for its 2017 summer season on 8th September.
On offer this season, to add to the familiar favourites, we have some new food vendors, crafters and musicians. We hope our parents will continue to support our main school fundraiser, and our thanks to Kerrey and the Friday Market team Leighann and Ilse, for all the hard work involved in maintaining Knysna’s favourite Friday summer evening venue.
Spur Mountain Biking Race: On Saturday 9th September 147 cyclists competed in the Spur MTB Race. With only eight riders, Montessori High School students achieved 5th place, while our Junior cyclists came in 2nd with 249 points.
Knysna Montessori also had the following podium places:-
Jethro Stead 4th Youth Men B
Declan Page 5th Youth Men A
Oliver Price 3rd Sub Junior Boys High School
Zinedine de Nil 1st Sub Junior Boys Primary School
Saige Doubell 4th Sprog Girls
Leonard Collins 4th Nipper Boys
Gita Hildebrand 1st Nipper Girls
Chloe Price 3rd Nipper Girls
Natalie Collins 1st Sub Nipper Girls
Congratulations to all our cyclists, and many thanks to Anthony, Max and Oz Campbell for putting together a well-marked and much complimented cycle track. Many thanks to Leigh, Kerrey, Del, Taddy, our ground staff and other staff members and children for their hard work and support. To all the Montessori Moms and Dads who contributed their support in a variety of ways – many thanks; you helped to make the event so successful.
All results and photos will be on MAP.
Matric Dance Saturday 16th September: Our beautiful young adults from the 2017 Matric Group arrived at 4.30 with parents and family members for pre-dinner drinks at the Conrad Pezula Clubhouse, and went on to enjoy a three-course dinner in the Club dining area. Speeches were made with much laughter (and a few tears!) and the atmosphere was happy and celebratory. The theme was Red Carpet, in gold, reds and black, and Jacqui Hahn and the Gr. 11 Dance Committee, headed up by Dana, worked tirelessly all day to create a magic and welcoming décor.
Our thanks to Jacqui, Dana and the Gr 11 Committee for the huge time and effort they put into making it a wonderfully successful evening. Many thanks too, to Russel Gammon for photography, and Pezula Events Planner, Chantal Smythe.
International Peace Day Thursday 21st September
Grade 7 students and teachers from Riverwood and Knysna Primary came to visit our school. They were shown round the Occupation Centre and farmyard which aroused great interest and enthusiasm. They were also taken on a short peace walk through the forest, and then joined our 6 – 9’s and 9 – 12’s in the amphitheatre, where they enjoyed Sonia’s presentation of what is on offer at Knysna Montessori. They joined our students in singing the Montessori song “Light a candle for peace”, candles were lit, and they finished with light refreshments on the Friday Market Field.
Judging by their very positive reaction, we hope to be seeing at least a few of them at our school next year!
The Goats are always a great hit!
Junior Interhouse Sports Day Friday 22nd September
Despite the grey skies, the rain kindly held off. All the children gave it their best shot and had good games.
Results to follow.
- Trustee Report Meeting (AGM) Thursday 28th September at 17:30. Baby Sitting available.
- Reminder: School Closes on Friday 29th September at 11am.
I wish everyone a very restful and enjoyable holiday.
Dear KMS Family
Welcome back to the third term. I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday.
We welcome new children and their families to Knysna Montessori School.
- Alexandria Brenenhann joins Joey’s Toddler Class.
- Maddisson Drake will be joining the 6-9 Class for a term while her family is in South Africa.
- Lila-Joy Ovens (Gr 4) and Keo Ovens (Gr 6) join the 9-12 Class.
- Jodi-Anne Michael (Gr 4) joins the 9-12 Class.
- We welcome back Robert (Gr 8) and Artur Vades (Gr11) who will be joining us until the end of August during their stay in South Africa.
Alexandria, Maddisson, Jodi-Anne
Lila-Joy and Keo
Congratulations to Tatu Smurfit, our 3-6 Directress, on becoming a grandmother. Baby Samuel was born to Brandon (Tatu’s son) and his wife Paula a month ago.
Congratulations to our Middle and High School Afrikaans Directress, Marne Nigrini. She has shared the special news that she is expecting a baby in January. We wish her a healthy and happy pregnancy.
Candice Brink (12-15) has been selected as the Fresh Face for Marie-Claire magazine September issue and has been signed on with ICE Models. Many congratulations!
Please see the third term calendar for information regarding reports/assessments and exam dates.
The Middle School assessments will be conducted by the relevant teachers during the course of the third term during their normal timetable schedule.
Details will be outlined in the children’s diaries.
The 9-12 assessment week, and 15-18s exam dates are as per calendar.
If you should have any queries regarding any of the above kindly speak to the class teacher.
We are hosting the Taiwanese students for three weeks. They will be arriving on 31st July. We welcome them and hope they enjoy their stay.
We have a busy schedule for the third term, from Assessments and Reports, to Junior & Senior Inter House Hockey, Netball and Soccer to 9-12 Market Days and Science Fair. Also on the agenda are Preschool and Junior School Spring Tea’s, Maria Montessori’s birthday, School Photographs, MTB Spur Races, Outings, Matric Dance and 15-18 Award Ceremony. Please read the calendar carefully for details.
Sport and Clubs will continue as per last terms schedule.
Junior Clubs/Extra Murals:
- Ballet Club (6-12) private
- Mountain Biking (6-9) offered by the school,
- Yoga (9-12) private
- Junior Mountain Biking (9-12) private
- Drama private
- Music Club (6-9) private
- Introductory Recorder (6-9) offered by the school
- Music- Vocal & Piano private
- Yoga (6-9) private
- Music- Vocal & Piano
Middle School Clubs:
- Orff Club (Music) offered by the school “Orff Schulwerk”
Building Musicianship and more…through the integration of music, movement, speech and drama.
- Interactive Board Games offered by the school
- Mixed Hockey offered by the school
- Maintenance Club offered by the school
- Yoga (12-15) Private
- Senior Mountain Biking Private
Middle School students will sign up with the relevant teachers/coaches.
For Private/Extra Murals please sign up with the relevant service provider. Patricia in the front office will have the details.
I wish everyone a fun and productive term.
Dear KMS Family
Knysna Montessori School is very fortunate to still be standing, given the devastation which our town and surrounding suburbs have suffered. On that Wednesday night I stayed awake, thinking the school had burned down and trying in my mind to make contingency plans for the school, our children, families and staff. So it was with great relief that I learned that the school had survived. Then, as I became aware of how the families had been affected, the true scale of the disaster started to reveal itself.
To all our families affected by this ferocious fire, you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers and as a school we will do our level best to offer you on-going support during this difficult time.
The goodness of the human spirit has been truly evident after such a disaster. So many people have offered encouraging words, support, food donations, clothing donations, stationery donations & cash donations to the Disaster Fund. The Disaster Fund is managed by the Board of Trustees and distribution of funds to those families in need will be authorized by the Board of Trustees. The Disaster Fund currently stands at R104 560 and donations are being made on a daily basis. Thank you to the parents of the school, members of the local and national public and SAMA for the cash donations. Families directly affected by the fire and those families who have lost their source of income, please speak to me directly or email me with your current needs.
Thank you to Hein, Gerhard, Taddy and Leighann for alerting hostel and neighbouring areas and for the evacuation of hostel and school office. Thank you to Hostel parents Bev & Matt, Chris and Ronel for sorting the children out.
So many families helped to accommodate our hostel children. Many thanks to Des Kind, Dana Miles, the Stead Family, The Phillips family, the Edwards family and Staff member Dana Miles. Thank you to Esther Beyleveld at Little Elephants. Thank you to Greg Hawley of 40 Degrees for assessing danger and boarding up damaged hostel area.
Thank you to Keith Davies for the breakfast and 34 Degrees Venue for an emergency staff meeting, Liz Vertue and Management and staff of Project Bar Sirocco for letting us use the venue for a counseling workshop. Thank you to Genevieve Walters for hosting this workshop. Thank you to parents who have offered advice on renting accommodation and Insurance advice to affected parents. If support is needed in this regard, please let the office know so we can direct you to the relevant persons.
Further thanks and gratitude are extended to:
Sam Streak Principal of PE Montessori, your staff, parents and children for you generous donations.
Newberry House Montessori families, parents and staff for your kind donations.
Lizelle at Baobob Montessori Hoedspruit
SAMA (South African Montessori Association) for cash donation
Principal Marna Jordaan of Hoërschool Meisies (Pretoria) for your donations to Knysna Schools. Thank you to Oakhill for organizing and storing the donations.
Merinda Moodie, Xen de Jongh ,Louis Kruger and Hein Swart for the generosity, compassion and organization of the donations delivered in the 30 ton truck to Knysna Montessori Disaster Depot.
Parent Volunteers, children and staff for helping in the Disaster Depot viz our Amphitheatre.
All staff and parents who helped cleaned the school.
Cannon and Waltons for your stationery donations.
Michelle Booth for offering her services as an art therapist.
Amos, for rescuing and saving the Goats and Cows; Ant Campbell for saving the Goat yard and Jethro and Jared for helping the morning after the fire.
Johan van der Walt and Keith for putting out the fire at our hostel.
Humphrey Price at Sanlam offices and the use of the Internet line.
To the Fire Fighters, Helicopter pilots, Police, Eden Disaster Management Team, Mayor, Eleanor Bouw-Spies and Knysna Municipality, Telkom and construction teams.
When thanking so many people and organisations one is always conscious of possibly leaving someone out. Please forgive me if I have!
I have had so many thank you letters from communities and people for all the donations which we have been able to pass on and emails of support from all over the world, from former pupils and parents to former staff members too. With that has come news of what some of our former pupils have been doing since leaving school.
Head Girl of 2009, Jessica Crewdson is now a fully qualified First Officer flying French & German troops around Sahel along with precious metals out of remote mines and UN World Food Program flights in the same region. She is now based in Bamako, Mali. Her brother Joshua is currently on a “stagaire” at the Ledbury, a highly acclaimed restaurant in London. James Erasmus a fellow Classmate of Jessica’s has also worked at Ledbury’s. Joshua continues to pursue his dream and will soon return to La Colombe where he is a Chef de Partie and assistant Sous Chef.
Interact would like to thank parents and children for their kind donations of educational games for Maranatha Preschool.
Sadly, Elsie the extra mural Pottery teacher will no longer be giving pottery classes. We would like to thank her for everything she has done and wish her well in her new venture.
Music Club with Ilse Harms for the 6-9 phase starts in the 3rd term on Tuesdays from 14:00 – 14:45.
What we will be doing: Develop a steady beat, learn basic music notation, musical concepts, find my singing voice, body percussion, hand clapping games get to know the instruments of the orchestra, listen to music from all over the world, use the music timeline to learn about composers and genres, experiment with composition, group dancing with our maypole, group instrument play, work towards group recorder, glockenspiel and guitar playing AND SO MUCH MORE!
R400 per term.
Contact: Ilse Harms at 073 1119911
Third term: School starts on the Tuesday 25 July. Staff members are to return to school on Monday 24th July for a breakfast meeting at 8am.
The scheduled end of 2nd Term reports will be available on 31st August. 6-9, 9-12, 12-15 and Grade 10 & 11 will be emailed to parents. Preschool reports will be available for collection at the Preschool. Due to the postponement of exams, these assessments will be conducted by the teachers during the course of the third term.
Matric Students reports will be available on Friday 28th July. They will be emailed to parents.
Congratulations to Marlene Jantjies, Joey’s classroom assistant on reaching her 20 years’ service at Knysna Montessori School.
I wish you all a good rest, a time to connect and be with family and loved ones.
See you next term.
Dear KMS Family
Thank you for joining in the Family Adventure Race on Saturday 20th May and sharing in the celebration of 20 years.
Many thanks to Tarryn for organizing such an amazing day. To all the staff and parents who helped in so many ways – thank you too for all your support!
Thank you to Ant and the Occupation staff and children for showcasing what you do on a daily basis. You too can be very proud of your outdoor environment.
Rambo, one of our resident goats, is either exhausted
with all the visitors or is really striking his best pose –
to give everyone a show!
At the start – everyone gathered to listen to the rules …..
And then they were off! Tarryn takes cover! (LHS!)
MEET SOME OF THE TEAMS . . . .
BLACK PANDAS: (9-12s) Tyla-Shae, Kiska, (15-18s) Florence, Matsedi (Captain), (12-15s) Gina, Tiffany
Front (6-9s) Gita and Hayden and Preschooler Blake
BLUE NINJA: From left –Bianca, Abigail & Alison, Chloe, Romy, Arthur, Caylem, Jack
MILKY WAY: At the back – Declan, Jared, Robyn (Captain), Chant. In the front – Lesedi, Auron, Hosea and Ntidi
From Wheelbarrows to Water Balloon Throwing …
We were all able to marvel at the way in which all the different age groups supported and encouraged each other in all the various activities. We witnessed the true Montessori spirit amongst the children, and very well done to all of them for participating with energy and enthusiasm. I am so proud of you all!
From Reading maps to Sudoku – Moms jumping in to assist with logical thinking skills …
And then there was the blindfold wheelbarrow race …
(LEFT) Blindfolded Khia (15-18) pushes Raelyn (9-12), and Blindfolded Jade (15-18) pushes Karien (6-9) (RIGHT)
(LEFT) Blindfolded Keigan (12-15) pushes Luke (12-15) with help from Chloe (6-9) and Monene (15-18), and Blinfolded Jade (15-18) with Nadia’s help (12-15) pushes Connor (9-12) (RIGHT)
Blindfolded Michael (15-18) pushes Neo (12-15)
THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN TO WATCH! “Go left, no this left – go right, no not that right!”
Khumo’s team Clouds run to the podium to
have their cards and signatures checked by Tarryn.
Beach Ball Balancing …
Gaeb and Noah (6-9)
Isabel and Tyla (9-12)
Not sure who was more exhausted on this day… parents or children!
There were so many wonderful pictures to choose from; if parents have any more pictures, please select a few and send to Kerrey. Thank you to parents who have posted some already on MAP.
Well done to all our Preschoolers – You were fantastic!
(Pictures speak louder than words . . . . )
Interact have a number of projects on the go to help our local communities.
- In celebration of Knysna Montessori’s 20th Birthday – Interact are collecting 20 Educational Toys/Games/Books/Posters etc. for Maranatha Preschool.
Interact are asking children to donate new or second hand (good condition) of any of the above items. There will be a box in the office labeled Interact where you can place your items. Many thanks to the Interact Club for their compassion and enthusiasm and thank you parents and children for your support in enriching other children’s lives in our community.
- Interact have been visiting Mama Mia Playschool (below) where they read stories, play games and have fun with the children.
- Heights for Hounds and Castles for Kittens
Each environment is encouraged to build a tower/castle of 6×6 tins of dog food or cat food. The challenge is to see which environment can build the highest tower/castle!
I attended the Rotary Lunch on Tuesday 23rd May with Interact President, Jade Hahn (Gr 11) and Gr 11 student Liam van Eeden. Jade gave a report back to Rotarians about the Outward Bound Experience which she and Liam attended. Well done, your wonderful and spontaneous speech was very well received by the Rotarians. (Below) Jade, Liam and Interact students from Concordia, Percy Madala & Knysna High.
Acknowledgement of Recent Achievements
Congratulations to Zoë Metelerkamp (right) who recently participated in the Cape Town Eisteddfod. She reached the finals in the age 15-16 Classical Ballet Own Choice and the 15-16 Open Own Choice Category. The school audience may remember her performing this contemporary piece at the Performing Arts evening last term. She was a winner with Naoline Sutton in the 13 & Over Creative Duet and overall winner of the 15-16 Demi- Character Own Choice.
Congratulations to Carla Collins and Marta Heinen who have been selected for the Eden U16 B team.
Congratulations to Emmeline Price (9-12) who received her Eden Colours for Artistic Gymnastics level 3 on 20th May in Mossel Bay.
Congratulations to Hannah Buchanan (6-9) who recently achieved the following for Gymnastics: 21 April: Club Competition – Gold Girls Artistic Gymnastics Level 2
06 May: Garden Route Invitational (Mossel Bay) – Gold Girls Artistic Gymnastics Level 2
20 May: South Zone Trials (District Trials Mossel Bay) – Gold Girls Artistic Gymnastics Level 2.
Hannah will represent her district at the 2017 South Zone Competition which is being held in Cape Town at the end of June.
13th May Redstone Hills MTB XCM race: Congratulations to Gita Hildebrand – 3rd lady overall in 11km and 1st Nipper Girl and Congratulations Oliver Price- 17km, 4th overall and 4th Sub Junior boy.
Parents, please send us an email and photograph, if possible, of any extra –mural event and/or achievement in which your child has participated. We can then share their achievements with others.
MTB SPUR RACES
Please see separate email re Spur Schools Mountain Bike League. The link for the online entry forms is displayed on this email. For further help or advice please contact Kate Price: 082 585 6965 or Candace Hildebrand: 072 548 0411.
We encourage as many children as possible of all ages from Knysna Montessori School to get involved and sign up for these wonderful races. We are the only school in this region with a cycle track on our own school grounds. In comparison to other schools participating, we are a small school (with a big heart) and we have the honour of hosting the final on 9th September.
Many thanks to the parents who passionately support their children and our school in this amazing event.
CHANGE OF DATE:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MONTESSORI DISCIPLINE WORKSHOP HAS BEEN MOVED FROM FRIDAY 26 MAY TO THURSDAY 1 JUNE AT 5PM.
- Thursday 1 June @ 5pm Montessori Discipline Workshop. Please join us for this informal, interactive workshop on Montessori Discipline. Directors/Directresses (Teachers) will be interacting with you.
Baby-sitting is available with Barbara-Ann. Soup & Rolls will be provided for children and parents.
- Friday 2nd June – In aid of 12-15 Grade 9 Fundraising Tour- R5 Pajama Civies Day – Hot Chocolate will also be on sale.
- Friday 9th June – 12-15 Formal Assessment Week begins
- Monday 12th June (9-12 & 15-18) Formal Assessment Week begins
- Tuesday 20th June Preschool Outing- details to follow
- Thursday 22nd June 6-9 Outing- details to follow
- Wednesday 28th June 9-12 Outing- details to follow
- (Tentative Date Thur 29th June – An Evening of Music – Confirmation & details to follow)
Given the tumultuous world we live in, with political tension and terrorism the world over, it is essential that we strive to develop key life skills in our children so that they will be fully prepared for life and a future yet unknown. Our roles as Directresses and Parents is to foster self-discipline, self- confidence, self-motivation, good work ethics and time management and to help our children think critically, problem-solve and to become independent global thinkers.
On Saturday at the Family Adventure Day and every day at school we see joy and excitement, team work and real camaraderie – it is the child’s that gives us hope for the future!
I’ll leave you with some very wise words from a very wise woman.
“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education;
all politics can do is keep us out of war.”
– Maria Montessori
“If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children,
for the children are the makers of men.”
– Maria Montessori
Enjoy the rest of term.
Dear KMS Family
Welcome back everyone; I hope you all enjoyed the Easter Break.
I am sure you will join me in welcoming our new directress, Claire McCarthy, to the 12-15 Environment. I hope she will be very happy at KMS.
We also welcome students Anine van der Merwe in Grade 11 and Bianca van der Hoef in Grade 10.
The Term 2 Calendar detailing forthcoming events will be available on the website from Wednesday 20th April.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 5pm for 5:30 pm.
Please join us in the Amphitheatre. Soup and rolls will be served. Baby sitting with Barbara Anne will be available in the Pre-school Venue. Please book babysitting with Kerrey.
FRIDAY 28TH APRIL
Please note that Friday 28th April is a school holiday. The long weekend is therefore Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Monday 1st May. If hostel children who board on a termly basis are unable to go home, home stays with local families can be arranged. Bev, the hostel parent, will liaise with parents of termly boarders to make arrangements. If you are able to assist with home stays, please let the office know.
JUNIOR SCHOOL MONTESSORI TRAINING
A wonderful opportunity has arisen for our Junior School Staff to attend a Montessori Workshop in Port Elizabeth on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th May. The Junior School (6-9 & 9-12) will be closed on Friday 5th May. However, Barbara Anne and assistants will be available to care for your children on Friday if you are working parents or are unable to make arrangements. Please let the office know if you will be requiring babysitting for this day.
SPORT AND CLUBS
Junior School Sport will commence on Wednesday 20th April.
Middle and High School students will sign up for sport this week and will commence sport on Monday 24th April.
Please see attached letter from Tarryn our Sports co-ordinator with regard to sign-up procedure for junior school clubs this term.
I wish everyone an enjoyable and productive term.
Dear KMS Family
The Grade 6 children worked so hard to raise the funds for their tour. From cake sales, to marble raffles, to an evening at Spur – a job well done! Thank you to the 9-12 teachers who encouraged and supported the children.
The Grade 6 waiters at the Spur Fundraiser (below)
The Grade 11s are also working hard at raising the funds for the Matric Dance.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the fashion show.
What a wonderful turn out! It was a very enjoyable family camp. Many thanks to staff and parents who contributed to making it a memorable occasion. I certainly will think twice or at least warm up before the next Volley Ball game!
Knysna Literary Festival and Library Week
The 9-12 class worked hard to inspire each environment to collect 20 books – in celebration of KMS 20 years. Well done and thank you – our KMS library has 74 really super books to add to our ever growing library. Some students also selected books from their own book shelves at home and donated them to the library.
Reading is so important, and fostering a love for reading from an early age is crucial to every child’s development. Thank you to parents, teachers and students for your generous participation.
As part of the Knysna Literary Festival some young people from a variety of local schools attended the Young Writers’ Workshop and Prize Giving. The Guest speaker emphasized the importance of reading as being an essential part of developing writing skills.
We are so proud of all our KMS children who wrote poems and submitted them for the competition.
Congratulations to the winners in their categories:
Chant Messina 1st Place in 16-19 years
Simone Christian 2nd Place in 16-19 years
Carla Collins 1st Place in 12-15 years
Isabel Lor 2nd Place in 9-12 years
High School Performing Arts Evening
Poetry Readings, Dance, Singing and a Fun Act from staff members – Thank you Alison for encouraging and supporting the performers.
Thomas Edwards & Tana Gammon Zoe Metlerkamp
Well done and congratulations to all our dedicated and achieving sport participants:
- Coban-Dean Suttie and JacobToepfner who achieved Bronze in the U21 category.
- Aiden Carr and Carla Collins who achieved Gold in the U15 category
- Zinedine de Nil achieved a gold trophy for stroke play at the South Cape Golf Union U13 Competition.
- Tylor Koen and Thomas Ferguson took part in the Eden Interprovincial Gala which was held on the 7th January 2017.
Tylor received a bronze medal (3rd position) for his 50m Butterfly age group 11-12. He formed part of a relay team for Eden Aquatics Boys 11-12; they received silver medals (2nd position) for the 200m Medley Relay, and the 200m Free Style Relay.
Thomas received bronze medals (3rd position) for his 400m Free Style Boys 14& under; and 200m Individual Medley. He also represented the Eden Aquatics relay team for Boys 13-14 200m Individual Medley Relay, for which they received bronze medals.
Thomas also swam in the South African National Junior Championships at the beginning of March. Tylor swam in the South African National Level 3 Championships from the 23-26 March. So proud of you boys!
- Coach Fila (Marlett Watson) who recently competed in the WP Athletics Championships. She received 6 Gold Medals and 2 Silver medals. What an inspiration to all our children!
- Congratulations to Antonia Julies and Keigan Baldwin!
They have recently been selected for the Eden U13 B Hockey Team.
Knysna Montessori together with Riverwood Primary Girls played in the Backward Point U/13 Hockey Tournament
Please let the office know if your child has competed or participated in an extra mural event so that we can acknowledge the hard work and achievement.
A reminder please, if you decide to leave early for a holiday etc. or are going to be back later than the scheduled return date, please notify the office in writing. Scheduled assignments and controlled tests are arranged by teachers and when there is not a full complement of children, it plays havoc with re-scheduling! Thank you.
- School closes at 11am on Friday 31st March
- Term 2 – School reopens 19th April
- 20th April AGM Annual General Meeting 5pm in the amphitheatre
I wish you all a very Happy Holiday and Happy Easter.
Dear KMS Family
It is very interesting to find out about words, and particularly the origin of words. The children and teachers conduct research in the Montessori classrooms and one of the areas we look at is the history of the months of the year. I thought I would share the first three with you.
(In Latin, Ianuarius) Named after the Latin word for door (ianua), since January is the door to the year and an opening to new beginnings. It is also named after the Roman god of beginnings and endings Janus (the month Januarius).
The name comes either from the old-Italian god Februus or else from februa, signifying the festivals of purification celebrated in Rome during this month.
This is the first month of the Roman year. It is named after the Roman god of war, Mars.
The annual traditional Middle School Leadership camp took place at Swartvlei this year. As these are the social years where values and friendships are formed, time spent together as a group helps to form bonds and to iron out disputes or conflicts as they arise. Developing vital life skills is very much at the heart of the child’s development in the Middle School.
9-12 MARKET DAY
Well done to the 9-12 class, your Market Day to raise funds for the Grade 6 Tour was once again very successful.
The Grade 6s are working very hard to fundraise for their tour. Well done to you all for your commitment and fundraising ideas.
Upcoming fundraisers: Colouring-in Challenge and Cake Sale.
The Junior and Senior Galas took place on Friday February. The weather was perfect and Tarryn and Ant worked hard to ensure the pool was crystal clear. Congratulations to all the children who participated.
Ironwood (Junior) and Gryffenberg (Senior) won the gala.
Thank you to the Junior House Captains and the Senior Heads of Houses.
Yellowwood cheers their team (left).
Senior Swimmers take to the water as their peers look on.
The Grade 11s are hard at work raising funds for the Matric Dance. Thank you to all the students who participated and to all the parents who helped conjure up new creations for their children for Civvies Day.
The children in all phases get excited about upcoming events and functions and become very enthusiastic about the fundraising ideas. We thank the teachers and parents for their support in this regard.
9-12 children sporting their outfits (below left), and a 6-9 child embracing the theme for Civvies day (below right).
CHEESE AND WINE
Knysna Montessori is celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. It was such a lovely experience to take out the box of old photo’s and to see how the school has grown and developed into the school it is today. The Mayor of Knysna Eleanore Bouw-Spies (below) and representatives from Rotary as well as parents present and past joined us for the celebration. Thank you to the 9-12 class for singing the School Song.
The Mayor cuts the ribbon to open the newly upgraded Amphitheatre and Foyer.
The picture below was taken in 2008 and it is wonderful to see how it has developed over the years.
KNYSNA KNOW YOUR TOWN
Grade 10 students, Khia van der Meulen and Matsedi Mogale attended the Rotary Initiative ‘Knysna Know Your Town’ on February 23rd. These students join other students from local schools and tour the local municipal buildings to see how our town’s cogs keep turning.
ORANGE RIVER TRIP
What a wonderful experience this was for all participants. It was great to have Michael Edwards (former Head Boy 2012) join this group of courageous young people. Thank you to Anthony and the other adults in the group for your guidance and support during the trip.
To the Venter family (Pre-school) on the birth of Ava
To the Olivier family (Pre-school) on the birth of Coco-Lily
- Thank you to the parents and staff who are part of the PEC (Parent Event Committee) for attending our first meeting. The main focus at the moment is for PEC members to liaise with parents in their phases and to brainstorm ideas for our 20 year celebration for the second term. What we are looking for is a written proposal with all the details already worked out and once the school management has passed the idea, for PEC to gather parents from their phase to help co-ordinate and run with the idea.
Herewith the members of PEC:
Toddler Class: Annabel Vadas
Bev’s Class: Kasi Sheridan
Tatu’s Class: Michelle Gouws
6-9 Environment: Max Kirchmann & Fredri Kruger
9-12 Environment: Angelique Carr, Kate Price & Lindsey Jacobs
12-15 Environment: Janet Johnston
15-18 Environment: Fiona Metelerkamp
Enjoy the rest of the term … Best wishes
- MARCH 3-5 ANNUAL FAMILY CAMP AT EBB AND FLOW (NORTH SIDE)
- MARCH 7TH ENGLISH OLYMPIAD (15-18 YRS)
- MARCH 10TH GRADE 6 TOUR
- MARCH 13TH LIBRARY WEEK
- MARCH 15TH FASHION SHOW – MATRIC FUNDRAISER
Kindly note this date has changed due to delay from retail sponsors. Tickets are available from Kerrey.
- MARCH 16TH KNYSNA LITERARY FESTIVAL – “THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY” 11H30 IN OUR AMPITHEATRE (Grade 1 – Grade 9)
- MARCH 21ST PUBLIC HOLIDAY
- MARCH 23RD HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS EVENING
- MARCH 27TH MARS EXTREME FOR ALL GRADE 11S
- MARCH 28TH 6-9 OUTING AND PRESCHOOL GUEST SPEAKER (Anuska Viljoen)
- MARCH 29th 9-12 OUTING
- MARCH 31ST TERM ENDS FOR CHILDREN AT 11AM
Dear KMS Family,
Happy New Year!
Congratulations to our Matric Class of 2016! We are immensely proud of you all – one hundred per cent pass rate once again! We are especially proud of Kina Keyser and Jo Meterlerkamp for their achievements. Kina was Knysna’s top IEB performer; her total aggregate was in the top 5% in the country, and for Afrikaans FAL, Geography and Life Science she was in the top 1%, achieving a total of seven distinctions at 90% plus. Jo was in the top 1% in the country for L.O., an 85% plus performer with six distinctions, two at 90%plus. Hearty congratulations girls, to you and your teachers!
We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new students and their families:
2-3 Class: Rafferty Hunt, Juan Botha, Leslie Bothma, Juliet Venter and Eden Dickson
Gr 00: Nina Venter Gr 000: Jay Gascoigne-Taylor and Finn Sheridan
Gr 1: Jed Hurwitz, Joshua de Vries, Daisy Oosthuizen, Sulita Herrington, Noah Hurwitz, Owen Cooper, Clare Bensley and Kefiloe Nkosi
Gr 2: Gaebriele Hurwitz Gr 3: Hannah Buchanan, Anthony Lidstone and Matthew Herrington
Gr 4: Reece Oeschger Gr 5: Zipporah Ntuli
Gr 7: Siyolise Ndiki, Thuli Cox, Neo Nkosi Gr 8: Kahlil van der Walt, Lulibo Thom and Thomas Ferguson.
Gr 9: Rhoan Rive and Caylem Baltasar Gr 10: Lila Murzl
We also welcome our new 6-9 Directress Lee-Helen Bergstrom and are happy to welcome back Dana Ross Miles, who will be teaching in Middle and High School. Matt Brownson will be joining his wife Beverley (Head of PreSchool and hostel mother) as hostel father. We wish our new staff members a successful, happy and fulfilling time at KMS.
Coach Fila (Marlett Watson) and hostel mother Ronel will be joining the Occupation Team in 12-15 environment.
Bryan Nowak (12-15) is returning to USA for personal reasons. We will miss him and thank him for his amazing contribution to KMS. We wish him lots of happiness and success for the future.
Claire McCarthy will join KMS as 12-15 Register teacher and English Teacher at the beginning of the second term. She is re-locating from Johannesburg and we look forward to welcoming her. Nadia Ballan (15-18 English Teacher) and I will be teaching English in the 12-15 for the first term.
We would like to thank Anthony Campbell and all staff involved for all the hard work they put into the farmyard and the re-locating and upgrading of the Technology Centre during the holidays. Our farmyard is certainly one of the highlights of the school and always worth a visit.
There will be a Montessori Philosophy Workshop Friday 20th January in the Amphitheatre, followed by the Family Social Evening at the Friday Market. Cash bar and a delicious variety of food will be available from our vendors. Please join us.
At Parent Information evenings, details of the Junior School schedule will be discussed. A reminder of this year’s daily schedule for Middle and High School :
|Middle School (12-15)||High School (15-18)|
|Mon||Lessons end 14:30||Sport 14:30-15:30
|Mon||Lessons end 14:30||Sport 14:30-15:30
|Tue||Lessons end 14:30||Sport 14:30-15:30||Tue||Lessons end 14:30||Sport 14:30-15:30|
|Wed||Lessons end 14:30||CLUBS 14:30-15:30||Wed||Lessons end 15:30||NO CLUBS|
|Thur||Lessons end 14:30||Sport 14:30-15:30||Thur||Lessons end 14:30||Sport 14:30-15:30|
|Fri||Lessons end 14:30||Fri||Lessons end 15:00|
The Term 1 Calendar contains all relevant events occurring during the term.
Please note that with the upgrade to the Amphitheatre there is now a new Aftercare entrance/exit security gate.
A reminder to all students who bring a cell phone to school please to sign it in at the office and sign it out at the end of the day. No cell phones are permitted in backpacks or classrooms.
Our new children in the 6-18 environment.
Class of Grade Ones 2017
We wish all our KMS families and the KMS team a happy and productive first term.
Dear KMS Family
A busy term and year is nearly at a close.
Enjoy some of the photos from this term……
Thank you to the Junior School children and parents who collected items for the Fresh Start Programme. Your generosity and compassion was greatly appreciated. I am sure Christmas for many children will be a little more joyful because of it.
Junior School Play – Great participation from children, staff and parents!
With thanks to Ant!
This is a peek into a very Special Space-….. The Farmyard.
The entrance to the Farmyard sporting a new look handmade concrete pots with beautiful succulents from our nursery.
Rose and Eugenia cuttings in trays waiting for the roots to grow.
Our cucumbers starting to take shape, as they grow past the two leaf stage. Beans and tomatoes will be ready soon as well.
Heirloom onion seed production taking shape as we experiment and learn along the way.
Zoë is training and trimming our climbing roses that we grew from cuttings. These are old root stock which we found in the forests around the school.
The veggie gardens are enjoying the warm humid weather. We have spinach, kale, beans, strawberries, blackberries, onions, lettuce and much more.
The wood chopping team has their work cut out for them!!
This is a particularly rewarding project as we not only produce great fire wood, but we are also able to motivate good business skills, coordination skills, and we are removing alien trees from the area around the school.
The goats also play their part in helping keep the alien vegetation in check. Each day after their enclosure has been cleaned; fresh alien branches are placed in their area to be enjoyed by them
Every morning the veggies in our tunnels are lovingly watered! We hope that soon these new tunnels will be home to our fish farm.
Stage one of the report back from the survey has been completed. Teaching staff have been informed of the data and feedback (respecting the confidentiality of the survey). Certain interventions will be put in place for 2017 to target areas where we feel change is necessary. The staff and I have found the survey a worthwhile exercise as it identifies areas where the staff and school can improve and also areas where we are flourishing and doing a good job. Thank you for your participation.
From this survey I would like to announce that there will be four Montessori Workshops, one each term, from January 2017. All teaching staff and trained Montessori teachers from the different phases who have relevant knowledge and experience will be attending these workshops. All parents from all phases are encouraged to attend these workshops to refresh or gain more knowledge and insight into the Montessori philosophy.
- Montessori Philosophy through the phases (Term 1)
- Montessori Discipline (Term 2)
- Montessori and the home (Term 3)
- Montessori in the Modern World (Term 4)
Date and time of workshops to be confirmed in January.
Parent Information Evenings 2017
There will be as usual parent information evenings to inform parents of the daily routine, elect class representatives for PEC- Parent Event Committee, update contact details, discuss class communication etc. Please attend this meeting as we would like two class representatives per phase to be nominated to the Parents Events Committee. These parents will galvanise support and action in their phase and possibly meet as a group of representatives with a teacher from each phase once a term.
Middle and High School Timetable
For a number of reasons, but primarily to include a Physical Education lesson (part of the Life Orientation Curriculum) into the timetable for each grade (Gr 7-Matric), the Middle and High School day will finish according to the timetable which follows.
|Middle School (12-15)||High School (15-18)|
|Mon||Lessons end 14:30||Sport 14:30-15:30
|Mon||Lessons end 14:30||Sport 14:30-15:30
|Tue||Lessons end 14:30||Sport 14:30-15:30||Tue||Lessons end 14:30||Sport 14:30-15:30|
|Wed||Lessons end 14:30||CLUBS 14:30-15:30||Wed||Lessons end 15:30||NO CLUBS|
|Thur||Lessons end 14:30||Sport 14:30-15:30||Thur||Lessons end 14:30||Sport 14:30-15:30|
|Fri||Lessons end 14:30||Fri||Lessons end 15:30|
A tea break has been reintroduced during the morning for 12-18 year olds. The Lunch break will be from 12:55-13:30. Children waiting for older siblings to finish school will be accommodated in aftercare at no extra charge.
Mars has proven to be a popular sporting activity amongst both the boys and the girls. Getting wet, cold and dirty and being lost from time to time does not seem to affect the student’s enthusiasm in any way! 2016 has been a year of ‘building blocks’. We have tried to include all the different disciplines that are needed and to practice them under different conditions. We have paddled in the sea both on open water and in the waves, lagoon and rivers. We have run for miles, we have ridden mountain bikes and crawled through the mud, climbed hills and jumped off bridges, all in preparation for what is to come 2017!
2017 will see a shift in the Mars group. Firstly it will be a little longer so that we can fit in a larger variety of tasks. The students will need to be committed, have the correct kit and the right attitude. For the first time we will include a backup crew to take care of the athletes and their kit as they complete the challenges.
2017 promises to be a tough and challenging year for those students who take on Mars, but at the same time it will be rewarding and life changing as they push themselves harder than they ever imagined.
Well done to all the students who participated in the Senior Interhouse Athletics day. Thank you to our wonderful coaches who encourage all students to give of their best and strive to improve their skills.
Congratulations to Zinedine De Nil who recently competed in the Eden Marathon Series. He achieved colours and 1st place in the Marathon event and 2nd place in the Cross Country.
Congratulations to Oliver Price who was chosen for the Western Cape Team for road cycling and achieved colours in his age group.
Congratulations to Tylor Koen who took part in the Eden Championship in Oudtshoorn recently. His achievements are outstanding; he received medals for the following events:
Gold (First place) for 200m Free style, Silver (Second place) for 200m Free style Relay, Silver (Second place) for 100m Butterfly,- Bronze (Third place) for 50m Butterfly, Bronze (Third place) for 100m Free style, Silver (Second place) for 400m Free style, Bronze (Third place) for 50m Free style
We are very proud of you all!
There will be a couple of changes on the staffing front for next year.
Lee- Helen Bergstom will be joining the 6-9 environment as directress.
Dana Ross will be joining the Middle and High School environments- she will be teaching Life Science and Grade 10 and 11 Life Orientation. She will also be responsible for the Biology Timeline – [The Study of Earth and Living Things] in the Middle School.
Ramos Mazodze, will continue to teach Maths Literacy in the High School and will be responsible for the Science Timeline [The Study of Human progress & the Building up of Civilisations] in the Middle School.
The Occupation Team in the Middle School will be Anthony Campbell, Bryan Nowak, Coach Fila, Taddy, Ronel and Matt
Clare Clark, teaching assistant in the Middle School, will be leaving us at the end of the year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her hard work and wish her all the very best for the future. Thank you to Barbara Shearer and Ramos Mazodze who stepped in after Nandie’s departure to complete the year with our Maths Literacy and Life Science students. Thank you to all the Junior School staff and in particular Nakkie and Joy for coping so well in the 6-9 environment this term.
Tania Wentzell and Hilda thank you for taking care of Tatu’s environment when she was on study leave and when writing her exams. It is wonderful to have mom’s on board who are also Montessori trained.
Joey, I am sure the whole of KMS join me in extending our sincerest condolences to you and to your family after the loss of your dear brother John. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you to Michelle Fortes Brookes, Janine Baker and Marlene for your support with Joey’s class.
Thank you to the parents for their input, feedback and support during the course of the year and I wish you all a very happy holiday with your children and families.
To the children of Knysna Montessori- a well-deserved holiday awaits you all- you have all worked on becoming more confident, more self –reliant and more independent in your own unique way. Enjoy the holidays! For children and families relocating or starting new chapters in your lives, we thank you for being part of the KMS family and wish you happiness for the future.
To the Matrics of 2016 – we say a fond farewell to you and hope that all your hard work has paid off and we wish you every happiness for the future. Thank you to the 2016 Matric for their gift of the beautiful Garden Bench.
A few notes….
- Please ensure that all library books and text books are returned to school as soon as possible. Kindly encourage your children to check their bags, book shelves, under the bed etc.
- Reminder : Preschool Concert- Tuesday 29th Nov
Junior School Prize Giving- Wed 30th Nov @ 17h30
Middle & High School Prize Giving – Thur 1 Dec @17h30
- Junior Interhouse athletics- Wednesday 30 November from 8:30am
- Staff Christmas Coffee morning – Friday 9th @ 10am
- Invitations to Orientation Day on TUESDAY 17th JANUARY for Grade R children moving to the 6-9 Environment and New children entering the school will be sent out before the end of the term.
- Report will be emailed to parents on the last day of term- THURSDAY DECEMBER 8th. Term ends at 11am.
- Upgrading and Maintenance of environments will be starting during the last week of term. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this regard- we would like to get things started before the Christmas holidays.
- All staff returns to school on WEDNESDAY JANUARY 11th at 8am for Workshops, Training and preparation of environments for 2017.
I would like to thank the staff of Knysna Montessori for their hard work throughout the year and wish you all a well-deserved break.
I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. Please take care of yourselves, travel safely if you are going away- and come back safely!
I will leave you with this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt for the year….
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why they call it the present.
LOERIE LETTER 10 OCTOBER 2016
Dear KMS Family
Welcome back to the fourth term; I hope everyone enjoyed the break albeit a short one.
We are delighted to welcome the following children to KMS:
- Gabriel Wasdell in Joey’s class
- Klara Harms in the 6-9 environment
- Evalinde Vissers 9-12 environment and Elias Vissers 12-15 environment who are joining us for the 4th term and the 1st term.
Tarryn announced at the Annual General Meeting that there will be a fundraiser this term. This will be the Lawn Bowls event on Sunday 30th October at 11am at the Knysna Bowling Club. This event is for the whole family (grandparents, aunties, uncles etc.). An invitation with more details will be sent out shortly.
Teachers have been asked to withdraw themselves from the Whatsapp groups which have been set up. Unfortunately many of our teachers have been contacted during school hours and throughout the night. ALL communication needs to go through the school office in order for there to be control and monitoring of information. Teachers may not answer Whatsapp messages, emails or sms’ from parents or otherwise during school hours. It is school policy for cell phones to be on silent during working hours. In the event of an emergency the school office must be contacted and a message will be sent to the relevant teachers; please do not contact teachers on their personal cell phones.
Appointments with teachers to discuss your child’s progress can be made from 2pm. Please be mindful that the teachers rotate playground duty at this time, so kindly check with the office when the best time would be. It is important that we have an open door policy to chat to parents, but could I respectfully ask that this is not first thing in the morning when teachers are greeting and getting the children settled for the day.
Your cooperation in the above matters is greatly appreciated.
Hostel Parents, Ilse and Gerhard Claassen’s term as hostel parents is coming to an end at the end of this year. Historically hostel parents have served a two year contract, and Ilse and Gerhard are soon to reach the three year mark. I take my hat off to you both as I know how much time, energy and dedication goes into being a hostel parent – I managed around eighteen months! Thank you for your unwavering service to KMS hostel. Ilse and Gerhard continue in their roles as administrator and High School Maths and Science teachers respectively. We wish you lots of happiness in your new home.
Ronel and Chris will continue as hostel support parents and Beverley Brownson and her husband Matt Brownson will be our new hostel parents in charge. For those who don’t know, Beverley is the Head of the Preschool. Beverley is a Montessorian with 16 years experience in the United States, and her husband Matt has experience which covers a wide range of responsibilities in Montessori, including being involved with a group of parents who researched and formed a committee to start a public Montessori programme in their mountain community of Colorado. Bev and Matt witnessed the positive effects of Montessori philosophy with both their daughters and the girls have grown up to be responsible young adults.
I believe both their experience with Montessori and as parents who have raised daughters through the teenage years will be a positive addition to our KMS hostel.
An annual parent satisfaction survey will be emailed to you during this week. Kindly complete and return to the school office by Monday 17th October.
If you do not receive emails please pick up a hard copy from Kerrey. This survey covers every environment so if you have children in different environments please complete one for each child.
The 4th term calendar is available on the website and on display in the front office.
Enjoy the term.
Dear KMS Family
‘Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.’
– Gary Smalley
The De Neys family (Annabel and Camiel in the Preschool) join us again from overseas; we welcome you back and hope you enjoy your time with us while you are in South Africa.
Rowan Merryweather and Elijah Wasdell joined Joey’s class during the term.
Gina Slabbert has joined the 12-15 environment and is settling in beautifully.
Jacob Toephner, cousin to Natalie and Lennard Collins, arrived in South Africa in September and joined our Grade 10 Class. He will be with us for a year – we welcome you and hope you enjoy your experience with us.
MTB Spur Cycling
THANK YOU’S all-round to moms, dads, staff, students for your help and support at this event.
Some snap shots of the day . . . .
What a wonderful occasion to celebrate Spring Day and Maria Montessori’s birthday. It was very special to see grandparents, aunts and uncles at this year’s celebration. Thank you for the hard work and creativity that goes into this day!
So many super pictures, so difficult to choose – here are a few . . .
Preschool – Wonderful hats and eats – thank you for all the effort!
Paper Plane Competition
This was a wonderful event and took a great deal of organizing. Thank you to Vicci, Brett and Nash as well as other parents and staff members for creating another memorable occasion for the children. The funds raised from this event will go towards books and cultural equipment for the 6-9 area.
Grade 6 Tour
The Grade 6 children had a great time on their tour! As they get ready to start their journey in the 12-15 environment, they learn to bond with each other and support each other. There are so many life skills learnt taught during these tours.
Annual General Meeting
Thank you to the parents, staff, Middle and High School students who attended this year’s meeting.
Congratulations to the 2017 Head boy, Chant Messina and Head Girl, Gemma Persello.
There was much excitement about this day and everyone had a fun-packed morning at Timberlake.
Many thanks to the parents who helped and a special thank you to Nakkie for organizing such a memorable day for the children.
So many children and staff made a lovely effort to dress for Heritage Day. Here are a few of the outfits . .
Congratulations to Zoë Hahn (Head Girl of 2016) she has achieved her Springbok Colours for Scouts. We are very proud of you! Zoë’s name will be added to the KMS Honours Board in recognition of her dedication and commitment to Scouts.
It is always such a great experience entering James’ Art class on Friday in the Middle School. There is music on in the background and a real creative vibe. Deep concentration is seen on some of the faces as the students find and develop their inner creative talents.
For personal reasons Diana Eksteen will be leaving KMS at the end of this term. We would like to wish her well in her future endeavours and thank her for her time and commitment to Knysna Montessori School. She will be dearly missed. Joy and I will step into the breach for October and November to assist Nakkie, Hanna and Lindiwe.
To all the students, parents and staff who are rehearsing for the Junior School Play (Nov 2 & 3) -happy line learning!
Knysna Arts Festival is from the 1-9 October and our Montessori Amphitheatre will be the venue for a number of events including the Performing Arts Gala Evening on Saturday 1st October and The Golden Days of Springbok Radio on Sunday 2nd October. Programmes are available at the school office.
I wish everyone a restful and enjoyable holiday. I am sure you will join me in wishing our Matric students a happy holiday and good luck in preparation for final exams.
Dear KMS Family
Welcome to the families who have joined us during this term:
Preschool: Hosea Cupido (3-6 Class)
Junior School: Anne Scott (9-12) and Erin Scott (6-9)
After an enjoyable long weekend, we are all ready to tackle the second half of the term!
Building a vocabulary
I have recently embarked on a project to help build our vocabularies. I enjoy words and finding the origin of words. So that you are in the loop, the words we have discovered together thus far are discombobulate, coddiwomple, cantankerous and ancient. All children and staff are encouraged to find an unusual word or a word they have not heard of before and to write it on a card and place it in the vocabulary box outside my office.
This week’s words are: ominous, palindrome, mundane and nominate . . . I wonder what surprises I will get next week!
GYMNASTICS: Emmeline Price and Antoinette Kayembe who made the Eden Team (level 1-3) and will be competing in Uitenhage Sport Centre from the 19-21 August. Carla Collins will be competing at the Gymnastics Western Cape trials from 26-27 August.
CYCLING: Zinedine De Nil and Oliver Price who have been selected for the Western Cape Schools Team.
SPUR EDEN MTB League Series: Primary School – We are so proud of our school! We came 1st out of 10 schools!
High School – even with so few entrants, we came 5th out of 10 schools. We really would love more cyclists from the Middle School and High School to sign up for this event – we need your support.
Peace Mabe – mother to Naledi (Gr 8) and Lesedi (Gr 5) has recently been elected as the Mayor of Magaliesburg. Well done and all the very best for your term of office.
It was wonderful to watch the Middle School and High School enthusiastically participate in the Inter House Soccer Match last week. The standard of soccer was great and the sportsmanship and team spirit were amazing. Well done to coaches and the Heads of Houses, Casey Davis and Kei Concannon for motivating your teams so well.
The Inter House Netball was held last Thursday – well done to coaches and students for improvising on our newly surfaced court.
Beyleveld and Gryffenberg Girls compete in the Inter House Netball (left) and the Boys in Soccer (below)
The following results are a taste of our participation in Sport this term:
Final KPSSSU Netball League Results
Netball U/11 Knysna Montessori finished 4th in the league of 12 schools
Netball U/13 Knysna Montessori finished 9th in the league of 12 schools
Senior Boys drew to Knysna High 3-3
Senior Boys 3-2 win to Wittedrift
Sedgefield Hockey Festival:
Boys: Drew 2 games, Won 2 games and lost 1
Girls: Drew 2 games, Won 1 game and lost 2
U/9 + u/10 Hockey
Boys finished 3rd and the girls finished 2nd
U/13 Boys Hockey Drew 1-1 to Oakhill
U/13 Girls Hockey won 2-1 Oakhill
MARS: Ant, Fila and Marne are now working with approximately 35 Middle School students each Monday to increase fitness and endurance levels in a number of disciplines, but importantly to have fun and to learn to work effectively as a team.
I would like to thank our Sports Co-ordinator Tarryn Edkins and our coaches, Nakkie, Fiela, Lusanda, Marne, and Ant for the energy and commitment you show to each and every child. The difference that you are making is noted and much appreciated.
Montessori Wings Movie and Plane Contest 2nd & 9th September
Don’t miss the awesome Montessori Wings Movie and Paper Plane Contest! First watch the movie and be inspired to fly. This screening will be free of charge and have adult supervision, so you can either watch the movie, or enjoy the Friday Market while the children watch. Please note that snacks will be sold and there will be a donation box for voluntary donations towards fundraising for the 6-9 environment.
Well done and thank you to Nash Lederle for being so courageous and promoting this event at Oak Hill, Riverwood and at our own assembly. Please encourage all your friends to attend.
Taiwanese Cultural Tour
We enjoyed having the Taiwanese students visit us; they were an engaging group of young people who shared and interacted well with our students. The hostel dining room was decorated beautifully and everyone seemed to enjoy the farewell dinner.
Despite the cold weather, the event was highly successful and the Matric Ladies and Gents looked fantastic! The ladies, braving the cold, all looked beautiful in their finery. The gents, many of whom I did not recognize in their suits and with new hair dos, looked very sophisticated and handsome.
Well done to the Grade 11s – your hosting skills were great.
Matric Students: (from left to right) Grant, Kina, Oz, Courtney, Kei, Casey, Zoe, Christopher, JJ, Jo, Allison, Benjamin, Liam, Tomiko and Alex
Matric Girls: Tomiko, Allison, Courtney, Zoe, Casey, Kina and Jo
We are very sad to be losing Dawn at the end of August. She has been a great asset to Knysna Montessori School and will be sorely missed. There are not enough words to express our gratitude for all she has done during her 8 years with us.
We wish her every happiness and success as she embarks on another chapter in her life. Good luck and keep in touch! We welcome Kerrey Francisco to KMS; she will be joining us from Tuesday 17th August.
Junior School Play – Meet Me In Alexandria
Many thanks to all the moms and dads who are contributing to the production with performance, costumes, backdrops etc. The children are really excited and do appreciate sharing the stage with moms and dads. Due to the number of illnesses in the Junior School and the impact this has on play rehearsals etc., a decision has been taken to postpone the play until 2nd and 3rd November.
A suspected case of Whooping Cough was reported in the 9-12 environment. The recommendation and advice from doctors is that due to the contagious nature of the disease it is best to boost your child’s immune system, and report to your doctor if your child has a persistent cold or cough which does not clear up in the normal time span.
The 2014/2015 President of Interact, Casey Davis and Board Members, will join me for the opening of the Maranatha Creche on Thursday 18th August. Some of you may remember The Interact Club won the OMO challenge and R25,000 was donated to help rebuild the Maranatha Creche. They were awarded the International Presidential Citation, the Interact Special Achievement Award for Service to the School and the Knysna Community and the Interact Trophy for the Best Interact Group in Knysna.
Thank you to the Interact Club and Board Members of 2015/2016; under the leadership of Tinashe Mazodze many worthwhile projects were undertaken by you all. They were awarded the Community Service Award for a high standard of community service in the Knysna area.
The following 2016/2017 Interact Board Members have been elected:
President: Jade Hahn
Vice President: Simone Christian
Secretary: Bianca Brink
Treasurer: Matsedi Mogale
Board Member: Cameryn Miller
Board Member: Naledi Mabe
Board Member: Michael Dos Santos Serra
Tuesday 16th August Orientation Day for Grade 1 and Grade 4 2017
Wednesday 17th August 1pm-2pm Social Media talk by the Digital Law Practice for all Grade 6 – Matric students. The importance of our young students’ interaction with Social Media cannot be stressed strongly enough and therefore this is a compulsory event. (The fee of R50 per child will be billed to your school account accordingly.)
Saturday 20th August MTB Spur Mountain Biking Race at KMS
Friday 26th August 9-12 Civvies Day – Fundraiser for Gr 6 Tour
Wednesday 31st August Junior School combined Spring Tea & Maria Montessori’s birthday
Thursday 1st September Pre School Spring Tea
Friday 2nd September FRIDAY MARKET OPENS
Montessori Wings Paper Plane Movie at amphitheatre
Friday 9th September Montessori Wings Paper Plane Competition
Monday 5th September Grade 9s to spend morning in the High School
Grade 6s to spend morning in Middle School
And in the Spirit of the Games …………………………
Dear KMS Family
A warm welcome back to everyone. I trust you enjoyed the holidays and are refreshed and ready for a busy term!
I would also like to extend a warm welcome to our new families:
- Robert Vargas (12-15) and Artur Vargas (15-18) join us again from overseas for the third term. It is lovely to have you back, and we hope you enjoy your stay.
- Isabel Garza will be with us for part of the third term, we hope you enjoy your stay with us.
- Pieter Gouws (9-12), Henri Gouws (6-9) and Elizabeth Gouws( 3-6)
- Auron Wentzel (3-6)
- Cole Olivier (2-3)
- Anna Platt (2-3)
Congratulations to staff members, Tosh and Lusanda and also to the Bruwer Family:
Tosh and family – Tosh’s baby girl, Liviwe (Our prayer has been heard) was born on 23rd May. Tosh is currently on maternity leave.
Lusanda and family – Baby Sineqhawe (we have a hero) was born on the 23rd June. A bouncy, healthy boy!
Lani and Etienne Bruwer – welcome to Baby Bruwer!
An enormous thank you to the following parents and students for their commitment and support of the Grade 11 Matric Dance Fundraiser during the Oyster Festival. Leanne and Russell Gammon, Lauren Persello, Kelly Edwards, Jenina Conradie Marlett Watson, Andrew Watson, Jenny Metelerkamp, Lynn Allen, Tinashe, Azukiwe, Tana, Gemma,Thomas and Kito, without whom none of this would have been possible. The school hostel was hired out to a group for the duration of the Festival.
You may have noticed that a new playground for the 12-15s has been created during the holidays. The earth moving machines moved in and excavations began. Grass has been recently laid and I am sure the 12-15s will benefit greatly from this new space. The Netball Court has been extended and a new side fence erected. The surfacing of the court will be completed very shortly, weather permitting. Netball (fitness training and skills) will continue off court.
I love this Maria Montessori quote as it reminds us to encourage our children (and perhaps ourselves at times) to just be in the moment and marvel at the small things we take for granted.
“Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.”
I had arranged for a guest speaker from Johannesburg to speak in July to the students from Grade 6 – Matric on the correct use of social media. Unfortunately she has had a family emergency and has had to go to the UK. I will reschedule this talk as soon as we have clarification of her return.
Please refer to the CALENDAR page on this site for the quick view of all events month by month. Diary reminders of upcoming events also appear on the side-bar of every page (bar the home page) of our website.
Have a great term!
Dear KMS Family
This term, like every term, has been full of excitement, copious amounts of energy spent both physical and mental, and I am sure everyone is looking forward to the holiday.
In Loerie Letter 5, I mentioned what awesome parents we have at this school and all the time, energy and effort you put into your children and the school.
In this edition I would like to pay tribute to the amazing staff we have at KMS. The school would not run without them. Administrators work tirelessly to keep the cogs turning; the ground staff, maintenance team, hostel parents and cleaning staff always have smiles on their faces and are willing to drop what they are doing to help students or parents.
There are seven roles which the teacher plays from learning mediator, pastoral, interpreter and designer of materials, to administrator and manager, scholar and lifelong learner and assessor. The profession of teachers and coaches is indeed a calling! The impact made on the daily lives of our children (wearing different hats for different occasions and always juggling many balls in the air) is to be acknowledged and praised – thank you for your hard work and commitment.
If I Could Teach You, Teacher
If I could teach you, teacher,
I’d teach you how much more
you have accomplished
than you think you have.
I’d show you the seeds
you planted years ago
that are now coming into bloom.
I’d reveal to you the young minds
that have expanded under your care,
the hearts that are serving others
because they had you as a role model.
If I could teach you, teacher,
I’d show you the positive effect
you have had on me and my life.
Your homework is
to know your value to the world,
to acknowledge it, to believe it.
Thank you, teacher.
By Joanna Fuchs
Thank you to the teenagers for allowing your parents to visit you while you were very busy working in your various Occupation Groups. Many thanks to the parents who came to see how their children operate in the different occupation periods. Grade 4, 5 and 6 parents as well as parents from other schools will be invited to join us for a Middle School Occupation Open Day. Please check the Third Term calendar for dates – this will be available in the first week of next term.
Parents join me at the Farm yard to view the occupations in action.
9-12 Science Fair
The 9-12 children worked so hard during the Science Fair.
There were some amazing experiments. Congratulations to the 9-12 staff and children and to the parents who assisted in getting their children ready for the Science Fair.
The Grade 3 children really enjoyed visiting the 9-12 class.
6-9 Garden Route Trail Park
Daniel, Tayla, Karien and Yamkela play ‘cheers’ during their lunch break at the Garden Route Trail Park. Many thanks to Vikki Lederle for suggesting and arranging the outing. To all the parents and staff who assisted on this day thank you for bringing everyone back in one piece – despite a few bumps and bruises, all bones were intact! Thanks to Anthony too, for driving the trailer and for spending your morning with the 6-9’s.
The 6-9 environment pose for a group photograph: At Garden Route Trail Park
SPUR Eden MTB League Series
On Saturday 11th June, a number of Primary School and High Schools in the Eden region attended the NMMU Cycle Race in George. EXCITING NEWS! Out of 7 Primary Schools, Knysna Montessori came FIRST! Out of 9 High Schools, Knysna Montessori came FIFTH!
Congratulations to everybody who took part in this event: Roy Fraser-Mackenzie, Lennard Collins, Tahlia Stead, Emmeline Price, Zinedine De Nil, Brian Fraser-Mackenzie, Oliver Price, Declan Page, Carla Collins and Jethro Stead.
We are so very proud of you all! If you wish to sign up for the events below please register online at Chaingangevents.
Next Events on the Spur MTB Series:
- Cairnbrogie Farm 23 July
- Knysna Montessori School 20 August
- Mountain View 10 September
We have successfully installed the swimming pool heating system which will raise the temperature by +4 degrees. Thank you for all your efforts with regards to the Fund Raising and we look forward to making use of the pool in summer.
Parents please take note of the new Yield sign requested by Narnia Village Home Owners. You will see that it is positioned at the exit to the car park. Please take care when exiting the car park; Narnia Village residents have had one or two scares with vehicles entering Narnia Lane from the car park at quite a speed. Thank you for your care and consideration!
Junior Inter-House Netball and Soccer
Thank you to Coach Tarryn, Lusanda and Nakkie and staff.
Thank you House Captains for this term: Ironwood – Jed, Yellowwood – Ethan, and Milkwood – Jordan.
Soccer Milkwood – 12 Points, Ironwood – 10 points, Yellowwood– 8 points
Well done Ironwood parents for turning out in numbers!
Netball – it was a tie! 12 points for each house. You will share the trophy.
Thank you to all the parents who supported the day – you too were awarded points for your house! Unfortunately there were not enough parents to put a parent match together, but some parents were involved shooting goals for netball. Hopefully we will be able to have a parent/staff Hockey game next term.
We look forward to the Junior Hockey Inter-House next term as well as the Senior Inter-House games.
Please note the Junior Sport and Clubs schedule for Term 3 which is at the end of this newsletter!
Taming the Teenager by Gavin Fish
I attended the SAPA (South African Principals Association) Conference on the 2nd and 3rd June and there were some very interesting speakers. One of the speakers was Gavin Fish, principal of Fish Hoek High School. I thought I would share this article from his book Taming the Teenager – worth a read… ISBN 978-1-43230-252-8.
CATCH THEM DOING GOOD
Why is it so easy to catch teenagers doing wrong? If it’s not their tone of voice, it’s what they’re saying, or doing, or … We need to catch ourselves and actively be on the lookout for the occasions when they express their nobler selves. And they do; they really do. No teenager pays much attention to the stuck-record nagging, it only triggers irritation, not positive reflection.
My classes recently defined for me what was ‘cool’. The recipe is timeless: popularity, looks, sporting ability, money, dress sense (read money) and ‘a little bit naughty’ (read attitude). I then asked them to tell me what else they admired amongst their fellow teens. They really battled, but all the classes came up with exactly the same recipe: sense of humour, integrity, the ability to say no, being a friend to all, individuality, enthusiasm and effort.
It’s at this level that we must come in. The ‘cool’ recipe is vague and fickle because it’s all about externals over which our teens have no control. Their second definition, which we dubbed the ‘new cool’ is closer to our true humanity … that over which we do have control.
Compliment sincerely and specifically; drop those treacly generalisations, such as ‘you did so well!’
Much to their horror, I make a point of publicly recognising teens who have acted nobly. It doesn’t make them nerds, and in their heart-of-hearts they know it, and applaud generously.
We must take the lead in catching them doing good.
We welcome Kelly and a group of Taiwanese children to South Africa and Knysna Montessori in July 2016.
I wish everyone a very happy holiday and look forward to the start of the Third term on Tuesday 12th July.
Travel safely, for those families who will be going away.
Dear KMS Family
Brag Session …..
Events happen every day (some big, some small) at school which make me proud of our KMS students. Our Geography Matric students recently participated in a River Study with Oakhill and Glenwood students. John reported back how impressed the other teachers were with our students. They were enthusiastic and fully engaged in the task at hand. Well done!
Some of our High School students participated in the Public Speaking Evening at Oakhill and can be very proud of their efforts.
Del and Nandie took our Interact students to a meeting in George for all the local Interact groups. Del reported that our students were confident and mature and that they asked intelligent questions and fully participated in the event.
Robyn Watson and Chant Messina joined me at the Knysna Yacht Club for the Rotary Lunch on Tuesday 3rd May. Robyn prepared a speech about their experiences at the Outward Bound Leadership Course which they attended in the holidays. Her speech was humorous and entertaining. We thank her for representing our school so well.
Jem-Dara Glogauer from the 9-12 class has recently returned from a tour overseas with the South Cape Children’s choir. She is pictured here during a performance (middle front row). We look forward to hearing all about her trip overseas on her return.
Coban-Dean Suttie (12-15-below) recently participated in the U21 canoe polo championships.
Carla Collins (12-15) – Good luck!
Luke van As (12-15) – Good luck!
Liam van Eeden (15-18) – Through to the SWD Team – Congratulations!
Christopher Watson (15-18) – Through to the SWD Team – Congratulations!
The things that make me smile each day … the toddler who builds her first sandcastle; the 3-6 child who masters the sandpaper letters; the 6-9 child who suddenly ‘gets’ subtraction or the 9-12 child who is engrossed in a book in the corner oblivious to his surroundings; the 12-15 student who cleans out an animal cage for the first time or realizes value in team work; the 15-18 young adult who has grown into an independent, mature person. One marvels at their progress … especially when I taught some of our 2016 Matrics in the 6-9 class many moons ago!
Montessori Awesome Parents:
Moms come to help direct the Art Class in the 9-12 environment. Moms and Dads come to help us offering all sorts of expertise, from Marketing, Catering and Photography to Drama, Clubs and so much more.
Kibibi (right) during the body tracing Art session.
We really do appreciate everything you do for our children at KMS!
Please visit our new website. Jacqui Baldwin and her team have been instrumental in setting up our website. Thank you for your amazing insight and efficiency. We could not have done this without you. Alfred Lor and Jenny Metelerkamp, thank you for the amazing pictures which you have taken for us.
The 9-12s visited the Airport as part of their Culture Programme. Many thanks to the parents who assisted on this day; your help with transport and managing the children is greatly appreciated.
This term the students are participating in a variety of fundraising events, namely the 9-12 Tour, the Grade 9 Tour and the Matric Dance. The Civvies week is always something the children enjoy participating in, and although it can be a little disruptive (especially regarding sport) one does get to see their individual personalities coming through!
Marnė and Nandie, as well as most of the Grade 11 students have been hard at work trying to raise enough funds for our largest matric group yet. The Grade 11s will be hiring out the hostel for a long weekend during the Oyster Festival in July. We appeal to Grade 11 parents who can help during this time to please join a meeting on Thursday 12th May at 6pm. Grade 11 students are also requested to attend this meeting. Barbara Pretorius and Leighann Campbell, both of whom have experience in hiring out the hostel, have kindly offered their time on this day.
We have had a number of requests from parents and staff to remind everyone that the parking bays along the front of the school on Welbedacht Lane are for staff parking. There is a drop off and go zone in this area for parents. Please do not park there and walk your child into school.
Please park in the designated parking bays in the car park and try not to straddle two parking bays. Your help in this regard would ease congestion in the morning.
We are experiencing a pattern of tardiness with some children in the morning. Winter is setting in and the mornings are chilly and darker – but it is important that the children are in their classrooms by 07:45am. When the children sign their names in the late arrival book the most common reason for being late is that they couldn’t find their uniform, or there were no clean school tops in the cupboard. Another reason is mom or dad did not wake me up in time. Please encourage your child to take responsibility to put his or her uniform out the night before and also to check that bags have been packed with the necessary items, for example sport gear, reading pockets (6-9) and stationery.
Providing a little alarm clock on the bed side table will help the child become independent and responsible for waking him- or herself.
Parents of the 12-18 team soccer players, please ensure that your child has the required sport uniform, i.e. correct socks and shorts. The sport coaches will insist on the proper gear being worn for matches against other schools. Failure to have the correct kit will result in the office issuing socks and shorts and this will be billed accordingly.
Taddy, Leighann and I attended the SAMA Conference in Cape Town on the weekend of the 29th April. We did some networking and connecting with fellow Montessorians from around the country. Jonathan Wolff was the guest speaker from America and he entertained us with some thought-provoking lectures and sessions. I will be giving feedback to the staff in due course.
Dates to Diarise . . . . Upcoming Events:
- 11th May Ballet Master Class Grade 9 & 10 9:30am
- 11th May Matric Afrikaans – set work Matric Oakhill @ 3pm
- 12th May Occupation Open Day 12-15 Parents see invitation
- 13th May Matric English – set work Matric Oakhill @
- 18th May 12-15 Outing – Oudtshoorn History group Leave school 8:15
- 18th May Preschool Outing 3-6 Bev & Tatu Monkeyland
- 23rd May June Exams commence Matric
- 27th May Science Fair 9-12s
- 27th May Friday Market Hibernates
- 30th May Exams & Assessments 9-12, 12-15 & Gr 10 & 11
Information/Indemnity forms etc. for the above will be sent out to you in the coming days. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the office.
Dear KMS Family,
Welcome back to the Second Term. I trust everyone had an enjoyable break and Easter holiday.
We welcome to KMS our new children and families.
Please ensure your child is wearing a helmet when cycling to school. If your child walks to and from school, please direct them to walk facing the oncoming traffic. This is a very narrow and potentially dangerous road. We have had a request to please remind parents and staff that the Stop Street on Narnia Lane leading into
Metelerkamp Street is indeed a stop street and not a Give Way- there have been one or two close calls between vehicles.
Once again there is a busy term ahead. Please make note of the events and activities on the calendar below which pertain to your child. Children are reminded about upcoming events in assembly a week in advance. An sms will be sent out as a reminder the day before the event.
Hostel parents please remember the long weekend (see calendar). The hostel will be closed so please ensure you have made timeous arrangements for your children.
I have read some interesting and frightening accounts of the dangers of social media during the holidays. The web site article below gives practical advice on how to get a handle on social media.
I am hoping to have a quest speaker towards the end of this term or early in the Third Taerm to come and speak to the children (Grade 6 –Matric) on the dangers of not using social media responsibly.
The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) recently released findings from a comprehensive study on the impact social media has on kids and families. Although there are real benefits to kids using sites like Facebook, including increased communication,
access to information and help in developing a sense of self, there can be serious downsides to all this online sharing too.
Social networking is on the rise, and the study found that 22 percent of teenagers log onto their favorite social media sites more than 10 times a day, and that 75 percent own cell phones. This level of engagement online increases the risks of cyberbullying,
“Facebook depression” (a new phenomenon where “de-friending” and online bullying lead to symptoms of depression), exposure to inappropriate content, and sexting.
Just as we prepare our kids for life in the real world, we should prepare them for life in the online world.
The following tips are highlighted in this article. Visit the website for more detailed information.
- No Underage Facebooking
- Check Privacy Settings
- Use Filtering Software
- Create Ground Rules
- Get To Know What Your Child’s Habits Are
- Keep the Computer in a Central Location
- Urge Your Kids to Avoid Questionnaires, Free Giveaways and Contests
- Monitor the Pictures Your Child Posts Online
- Be a Good Example of How to Use Social Media
- Limit Cell Phone Use
- Teach Kids about an Online Reputation
- Talk to Kids about Online Dangers
Please note that due to 15-18 exams finishing on the last day of term, reports will be emailed in the 3rd Term on 14th July, and Parent Meetings will commence 18 July. Senior Interhouse events will take place in the Third Term.
Due to the Public Holidays this term and the fact that it is an assessment and exam term, please note that Thursday 28th and Friday 29th April are school days and children are expected to be at school. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
With the colder weather setting in, please ensure the children come to school with socks and shoes and their fleece tops. Please help us to keep track of their possessions by clearly marking the fleece tops.
In order to keep the germs to a minimum, please do not send your child to school if they have had a temperature, diarrhea or vomiting during the night or if they have infected mucous or are on antibiotics. If the child has been prescribed an antibiotic then a doctor’s certificate will indicate when the child should return to school. Please hand in the doctor’s certificate at the office.
The teachers will remind children how to discard of dirty tissues and to wash hands at the appropriate times. If it is absolutely necessary to send medication to school, please ensure you hand it into the office so that it can be dispensed and stored correctly.
Kish Chanta Conradie (left), one of our goalies, is wearing the new Hockey Goalie Kit. Many thanks to a Montessori Dad, Andrew Watson for his kind cash donation to help facilitate the purchasing of this wonderful kit.
Thank you from our Library. A big thank you to all our parents, teachers and students who bought and donated books to our library for Library Week during the Literary Festival. The library is open until 3pm Tuesday to Friday, and all students and parents are very welcome to visit and browse. I wish everyone a happy and productive term.